Integrating Contemporary Country Décor into an Urban Apartment

Finding a balance between decorating styles can be tricky. Find a happy medium with contemporary country décor. Exposed brick walls and hardwood floors are combined with stainless steel appliances and modern fixtures; a perfect canvas for your interior desires.

Transform your space into an urban farmhouse by incorporating these seven contemporary country decorating ideas:


1. Wood/Organic Materials
From a large a weathered gray oak table to a small woven basket, reclaimed wood and wicker can add a rustic flair to any interior. Start small with a braided basket, or go big with a bench or kitchen table. It’s a casual way to increase storage and bring an outdoorsy feel inside. Cento Anni is a great local woodworking shop based in Holland, Michigan. They use rescued and reclaimed material to make custom furniture.


2. Metals
The industrial side of contemporary country: metal headboards, chairs, racks, shelving units, and wire baskets. Colorful metal pieces create contrast in an otherwise monochromatic room. Shop Klingman’s Furniture‘s steel chairs and pair with a wood table for a rustic aesthetic.


3. Plants and Flowers
Tulips, herb gardens, and orchids are an easy way to add a splash of color and freshen a stale apartment – not to mention the health benefits gained from incorporating plants into your home. Basil, parsley, and thyme will flourish in your urban apartment and can grow year-round. Get started and sustainable with some herb pots, or for a local option, try Bokay by Eastern Floral. The shop sells plants, fresh hand-tied bouquets, and boutique gifts.


4. Lighting
Besides functionality, lighting is a simple but important element when it comes to decorating any space. The essence of safe and comfortable environments, bright rooms with efficient lighting can mimic natural light and elevate your mood. Incorporate a creamy white ceramic base with a modern shaped for a splash of elegance. Shop local at Stonesthrow Living. They have a great selection of lighting to complete a look or make a bold statement.


5. Bathroom Textures
Incorporating texture into your bathroom can instantly add coziness: folded towels, waffle-weave robes, and linen shower curtains. Textiles should be neutral, monochromatic and create warmth without red, yellow, and orange tones. Soft neutrals will provide a relaxing and calming atmosphere. Grand Rapids’ Villa Décor Boutique has a wide range of items from Belgian linens to Magnolia Home decor to help you add a more ‘homey’ touch.


6. Lanterns and Candles
Proof that the most inexpensive items can turn any environment cozy. Candles are great for relaxing and adding a comforting scent. Apothecary Off Main has a great selection of soy candles, not to mention 616 Residents get 15% off their purchase by showing their 616 PASS.


7. Heirloom Pieces 
Have a dated piece of orange oak furniture? Hire a furniture refinisher to give it an update with a fresh, clean coat of white paint. Another option is to refinish with one of today’s new stain colors that mimic weathered wood. Plus, upcycling furniture is also a great way to be eco-friendly! Check out Eastown Antiques if you don’t have any heirloom pieces of your own.


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